MODELS OF BIBLICAL HOLINESS EVANGELICAL MINISTRY
A DAILY DEVOTIONAL
WEDNESDAY, 3RD OCTOBER, 2018
TOPIC: THE BALANCED CHRISTIAN YOUTH
KEY TEXT: “Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor Him in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore”.
(NLT, Ecclesiastes 12 :1).
Before you read today’s teaching on youths’ age, endeavour and read yesterday’s complete teaching on parenting Christian children. Today’s own is sequel to it.
The youthful age is a very sensitive one. It is best referred to as a time of developmental crisis in the life of a youth. At this age, he or she has passed the childhood age but is still not officially in the family picture of recognition of adulthood, because he or she is not yet fully an adult too. At this stage, the much pampering of parents given yo him or her at the childhood age tends to be withdrawn from the youth and is displayed only for those at the childhood age in the family. So, a youthful age is a life at a round about of numerous decisions which the next road decided to be taken will either mar or make the youth.
It is at this lonely roundabout that most youths meet fellow youths that impact positive habits in them or evil seeds that grow in them through into adult lives. The youthful age is filled with confusion because the youth is surrounded and tempted by many things in life which he or she would be craving to test to know their taste. The youths also hear many voices of advice in them without knowing which to obey and which not to. At this age, they always suspect the parents and elderly people to be cheats who have caged them all their childhood age and denied them the freedom and pleasures of life. So, the youths mostly tend to be stubborn and disobedient to parents, teachers and elders. At this stage, they trust and believe their peer group or fellow youths more than anybody. This is where the danger lies and begins!
At this age, they tend to learn everything practically by themselves. They lose their virginities, fornicate, masturbate, get pregnant or impregnate somebody, smoke, date opposite sexes, take alcoholic drinks, attend night parties, and take drugs, etc. All these are done in a bid to taste life practically by themselves.
At this stage, the chances of recovery and maintenance of virtues are slim. So many parents, at this stage, tend to think that their one time precious, obedient child is lost out of their hand, hence they become discouraged in continuing parenting him or her. No. Don’t lose hope. It is just a stage he or she has to pass through. You passed it too, didn’t you? This means that the youth needs adequate all round support and closeness of the the parents in order to have a safe and positive landing when coming out of the youthful age, which must surely faze out when the child reaches another stage of life. It is at the youthful age that children who have been parented or trained in the Christian way as I taught yesterday pay their parents and guardians with peace and solitude which other parents cannot find with their youthful children for wrong foundation.
So, today, I want to begin a teaching on the unique life of a Christian youth. The life of a Christian youth must be balanced. The phrase “a balanced youth” refers to a Christian youth. If a youth is not “balanced” spiritually, academically, and in other good and positive aspects, he or she is not a christian youth. Jesus Christ is the model of Christian youths. When Jesus was a youth, he led a positive, unique life. Instead of displaying the disobedience to parents and elders that marks the youthful age, the Bible recorded that He lived in peace with both man and God.
“Then He returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart.
Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people”.
(Luke 2 :51-52)
NOTE: THE YOUTHFUL AGE IS A TIME OF TESTING THINGS TO KNOW THE TASTE. THIS IS WHERE THE DANGER LIES AND BEGINS.
(To be continued)
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